Anxiety specialist, counsellor (AQF Level 8, PACFA, MBACP registered) for individuals and couples based in Sydney, helping you to cope with anxiety, panic disorders, OCD, relationship issues and long-term stress caused by divorce/breakup, loss, chronic illness, narcissistic abuse and trauma.
I grew up in Czechoslovakia, studied in Bologna, Pilsen (Czech Republic) and London where I lived for the last 7 years before relocating to Sydney in 2020. I am currently working with ACON, a leading community health organisation.
I received my Postgraduate Diploma (3 years) in Psychosynthesis Counselling from Middlesex University, UK. Prior to studying counselling, I gained my Master degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (5 years) from the University of West Bohemia, CZ. Also, I have trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for the treatment of trauma.
MY JOURNEY INTO THERAPY
I came into therapy as I wanted to understand myself and the way a trans-generational trauma of my family impacted my well-being. Being fascinated by the greatest riddle ever, the origins and nature of consciousness, I see psychotherapy as a tool to uncover different layers of our awareness; through the 'mind-body-feeling' work, we can gain awareness that opens up our choices. I will be privileged to guide you through this exciting and complex journey.
There is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations; I bring together various elements of specific therapies to help you in your specific circumstances. I am interested in working within a somatic modality. I use mindfulness and Gestalt to learn about the client's belief system & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Also, I sometimes use clients' dreams to access a rich unconscious material. Overall, my approach is humanistic focusing on your growth potential.
I have always felt drawn to helping people. It sounds simple... But to come to that point, first I had to embark on a long journey of my own transformation and growth, not free of discomfort. I am committed to continuous exploration of my psyche, studying psychology and new healing modalities so I can be the best guide and support to you.
"The curious paradox is that when we accept ourselves just as we are, then we change."
Lasting change starts with acceptance. I listen to my clients, to what they say, and to what they don't say. Their increasing awareness propels deep connectedness with themselves, driving profound transformation. My specializations include:
I work with clients experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, excessive worries and intrusive thoughts.
I help them question their thought pattern, identify and manage their triggers, building resilience and coping strategies.
One goal of treatment of a complex post-traumatic stress disorder is to develop feelings of trust in others and the world. Therapy is a great way to address that aim by establishing a trusting relationship between yourself and me, your therapist.
Sadly, many people struggle with depression on their own, for months or even years, before getting professional help. If you suspect you experience depression, get in touch with myself or another professional. Depression can be treated effectively, but it is only you who can take the first step.
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANYTHING LIKE:
Panic attacks that make you feel completely out of control
Anxiety with physical symptoms such as racing heart, dizziness, insomnia, etc.
Persistent and unwanted thoughts
Urges or images that are intrusive
Compulsive or ritualistic behaviour to get rid of the thoughts
Long periods of sadness, tiredness, irritability and lack of motivation
Feeling of not being good enough
Thoughts of self-harm
You don't need to be alone in dealing with mental health issues. Imagine what a life free of anxiety, panic attacks, intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviour (OCD - Obsessive-Compulsive disorder) would be...
HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP:
You will talk through your issues with me, a professional who cares and provides support, where other sources, such as family or friends, are too close to be neutral or may be part of the problem.
You will make sense of what is happening to you and understand the connection between your feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
You will get a greater self-awareness and insight that will enable you to look at alternative options and make better choices in line with your authenticity.
You will get the space to grieve the losses, heal and grow into your healthier self.
EFFECTIVE COUPLES THERAPY
You will be supported to see your relationship in a more objective manner and to stop 'the blame game', couples often find themselves in.
You will learn to communicate better and will increase your 'three C's' of intimacy. Part of an improved communication will be your ability to listen actively and empathically.
You will learn to focus more on strengths of the relationship rather than its negative narrative. This will help you to build resilience as a couple.
You will feel less afraid to express your fears and need for closeness.
You will be supported in changing your behaviour, should that be detrimental to the relationship or physically, psychologically or economically harmful.
For the couples therapy to be effective, it is beneficial for the health of the relationship to seek a professional early in the game.
YOUR OFFICE IS PEOPLE
Many people suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental health issues do not seek professional help because of to the stigma surrounding mental health. By bringing a corporate therapist to your organisations, you may help your staff to cope with problems they may not have had the courage to address on their own.
I am keen to work with your organisation to provide mental health consultation to your teams in the following areas:
Design a mental health strategy along with planning and communication
Coaching managers, groups and individuals to increase performance and well-being
Some seminars and workshops I can deliver:
How do I contact you?
You can call me or send me an email and I will reply within 24 hours. If I cannot answer the phone, please leave me a message and I will get back to you.
How much do you charge?
$120 per session (50 min).
Do you offer rebates?
Unfortunately, in Australia psychotherapy and counselling isn't regulated under the Medicare Mental Health Plan (Better Access Scheme) which means I cannot offer rebates. However, I have special discounts for long term clients.
What kind of problems can you help me with?
I help clients suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and OCD. I see often these issues as symptoms in people who have been exposed to a long-term trauma such as illness, narcissistic abuse, stressful family dynamics including loss, divorce and substance abuse.
What is your qualification?
What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
Counseling may be shorter term with the goal of working on a specific issue or issues. Less scientifically, both are wonderful tools for anyone looking to increase personal insight that propel change, create more joy and maintain or develop healthier relationships.
If you or a person you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please call emergency 000, or your local mental health crisis team (call 1800 011 511 within NSW), or go to your local hospital emergency department.
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